Edit: Link to post showing mostly completed build: http://www.electric-skateboard.builders/t/mars-rover-1-never-summer-reaper-83mm-flywheels-caliber-50-trucks-rout-supply-co-ceramic-bearings-dual-190kv-torqueboards-6355-ollin-vesc-diyess-10s4p/7838/113?u=spek
I have been lurking for a couple of weeks and researching like crazy. When I discovered the existence of the boosted board, I decided I had to have an eboard. I put my 50cc scooter that I commute on up for sale immediately to get some start up money and started researching. Then I put it a pre-order for the Boosted (which I have yet to cancel, I am an indecisive person). After more reading I discovered the DIY community and the performance a DIY board can achieve. I like a good project and I suspect I want more speed than the boosted offers.
As for longboarding experience, I was super into downhill for a good 5 years starting back in 2001. At the time it felt like I was part of the beginning of a sport and I got all of my friends started into longboards and downhill. I’m 30 now and these eboards have brought those feelings back of being in high school and seeking out the best ride and hills to bomb. And now there’s brakes!?
Anyway, I’m going to post my shopping list and I would love to hear if any of my plans are wrong or misguided. I don’t have a ton of money but I do have a wife. So spending money burning out parts isn’t really an option. I need to get this pretty much right the first time. My budget is about $1500 (boosted price) and I am hoping to achieve boosted levels of reliability in my build.
I’ve kind of given up on the idea of building my own battery (no experience, no tools, and installing buttons, BMS, lcd screens, etc all sound difficult. Maybe a good project down the road)
Wow, this is getting long. Sorry. My shopping list:
Deck: Looking at the Never Summer Reaper ( I need to call a board shop and bug them about wheel size on this deck)
Wheels: 83mm flywheels 75a
Bearings: Budget dependant, I want ceramic
Trucks: Calibur II 50 degree
Motor: Torqueboards 170kv sensored 6355 Mounts: TB Motor Mounts Battery: TB 12s3p Battery Pack with 4a charger ESC: VESC from DIYelectricskateboards 16/36 pulleys and belts from TB (might pick up a 13T to play with) Enclosures: Unknown (I think the TB battery has its own?)
As a graphic designer, I have access to a large scale vinyl printer/plotter and will be applying my own deck graphics after everything is up and running.
So, my questions:
Did I pick the right stuff? Is this a good or bad Idea? Should I just wait 3 months for the boosted and live with 22mph top speed? Is this the best dealer to buy from? Best source for a VESC? (Im scared of blowing it up upon motor detection) I can’t take that battery on a plane, suggestions for a cheap small one to switch out? What do you think about that deck? Im concerned about wheel size on it. Will a build like this last a long time or breakdown and be a pain in my ass?
Thank you for reading and you guys are awesome. Also, I used the chat feature on and Dexter was very helpful and quick to respond. So far I am very impressed with those guys (aside from their product photos, not entirely clear)